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Creating sequential systems with prisms, CAD parts, and other complex objects in OpticStudio - March

March 29th, 2017

The easiest way to simulate complex objects in a sequential ray trace is with a special sequential surface called the “Non-Sequential Component” surface. This allows you to insert groups of non-sequential objects, like prisms, light pipes, or CAD parts, into what is otherwise a sequential system. These systems use both sequential and non-sequential ray tracing, and thus are referred to as “mixed-mode” system or ”hybrid” systems. These mixed-mode systems make it easy to simulate complex beam paths, like multiple reflections inside of a prism. In addition, the “Non-Sequential Component” surface can include multiple non-sequential objects, and you can insert multiple non-sequential groups. We will show you examples of how such a system can be set up and explain the ins and outs using multiple NSC groups.

About the Presenters:

Thomas Pickering is the OpticStudio Product Engineer and resident API specialist. He previously worked with Zemax for a year and a half as a Senior Optical Engineer. He has a PhD in Accelerator Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London. As a researcher, he focused on the development of particle beam profile monitors using laser-wire systems as well as optical diffraction and transition radiation.